CHAPEL HILL – There was little chance of a blowout with these two men’s lacrosse team meeting in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
Maryland bombarded North Carolina with shots, jumping to an early four-goal lead, but history taught the Terrapins not to celebrate too soon. Twice the teams had met this season, and twice one of them had rallied from a four-point deficit to earn a thrilling comeback victory.
As expected, eighth-seeded North Carolina rallied, yet never found enough offense to keep pace with the Terrapins, who seized control of the third and fourth quarters and earned an impressive 13-6 victory at Fetzer Field.
The Terps (11-4) advanced to the tournament quarterfinal round on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass.
Maryland junior midfielder Drew Snider scored four goals, teaming with sophomore Kevin Cooper (three goals) to outscore the Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels finished the season with a 10-6 record.